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called black elk energy operates that rig. reports are that a worker may have cut a line with a settling torch. four people have been rushed to the hospital, two are reportedly still missing. so far we have no reports of oil actually leaking into the gulf. >>> meanwhile, also breaking right now, the u.n. nuclear agency says iran is about to double output of higher enriched uranium. now that is a material that can easily be turned, we're told, into a nuclear warhead. sharon epperson is following the oil impact on both of those breaking stories. sharon, over to you. >> brent crude prices are higher as well as wti but you may expect that they would have been even higher based on the news that we're hearing. we do see brent crude futures above $108 a barrel and wti futures near the $87 mark. we are seeing a continuation of pretty big spread though between these two contracts. traders here on the floor are telling me that's what lets you know it is what is happening in the middle east, it is the iran report, it is also what we are seeing in terms of the oil rig on the gulf that's lifting the
, at of the retailers of course. but monster, another big one we're watching. but energy drinks as a category is linked to adverse events and hospitalizations which is not a good thing when you're in that industry, you're looking at potential. and maybe warning labelis which are not a good thing either. >> the corner of a -- it's a triangle, jim. >> there's no resting place. here's the deal with monster. monster's last conference call, they did this remarkable test versus starbucks, and said they had less caffeine than starbucks, i actually bought a box of them at costco. i had to save them for -- and no, i mean these are really, i think, off the reservation, the five-hours. >> to say they have less caffeine than -- if i were a consumer looking for a caffeine jolt, they're saying that starbucks has more caffeine and is not linked to any adverse events. but starbucks is saying why are you lumping us into the 5-hour. maybe you should have -- at the same time the government is a -- the government doesn't come in and say, you know what? we like some energy drinks and not others. we don't like energy drinks
. let's check out latest news in energy and metals and go to sharon epperson at the nimax. >> the markets are jittery here. we have wti oil prices below $86 an oil and brent crude jumping up toward the 110 level. bob outlined the concerns about going over the fiscal cliff and what that means for the u.s. economy and what ripple effects it will have globally. there's also of course concern about what's going to come of the eu finance ministers meeting over greece and that's going to be an impact on the markets and we have geopolitics and israel saying they won't take direct hits from syria. that is something that the market has been watching very closely as well. the big story that has long-term ramifications for the u.s. oil industry and for the global energy trade is definitely the report today from the international energy agency where they said that they believe that the u.s. will become the top oil producer in the world by 2020. overtaking saudi arabia. overtaking russia and the fact that u.s. will be self-sufficient by 2035. this is a huge sea change in the debate tha
these expectations that we're going to see natural gas supplies really grow over the next several years. the energy information administration today saying that by 2017 or so, we will be an exporter of natural gas. this on top of what the international energy agency has said about natural gas and the fact we're continuing to grow here with our supplies. back to you. >> all right. thanks so much, sharon. of course, stocks not able to hold on to early gains today. the market is lower right now. look at this. this market is down about 3%, just over 3% since last week's presidential election. many believe it's mainly on worries about looming fiscal cliff. >> here to help us break down the trading day, mark freeman and bob posani. what do you think? do you think we get a resolution in the fiscal cliff that will please the market? everybody believes we're going to get something. will it please the market? >> i think that's a great point. to a certain degree, i'm wondering if we're too fixated on what the details will be as opposed to saying, look, do we get an agreement? when we look at it from the marke
's check with the latest news in energy and metals and go to sharon epperson at the nimax. >> jim, it's all about the middle east. that's what traders are focused on at the moment. it's the reason why we're looking at wti oil prices above $86 a barrel and brent crude moving higher as well. as we continue to see fighting escalate in the gaza strip as we continue to watch what israel and what palestinians are doing in the area and the fact that there does not appear to be any cease-fire on the horizon although egypt's prime minister is in gaza today urging some international cooperation. we're also looking at the fact that oil prices here in the u.s. have basically erased this week's losses because of the gains that we're seeing currently in the oil complex. we're also hearing reports about iraqi enjoy saying that arabs should use oil to press israel over gaza. those headlines helping to cause this bid in the oil complex. in the gold market, we've seen steady declines over the last several sessions and now a little bit of stabilization in the gold market. there are concerns based on the world
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